Palm Bay Police Sergeant Scott Smith Retires After 29 Years of Dedicated Service
By Space Coast Daily // January 3, 2021
hired by the Palm Bay Police Department in 1987
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Palm Bay Police Department bid farewell to long-time member of the Palm Bay Police Department, Sergeant Scott Smith.
He retired on December 31 after 29 years of dedicated service.
“Sergeant Smith served the community with loyalty and passion, and we are grateful for his professionalism and commitment to public service,” said Palm Bay police officials.
He began his service to others when he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served for four years. In 1987, he was hired by the Palm Bay Police Department and served as a patrol officer.
After a couple of years with the Palm Bay Police Department, Sergeant Smith moved to Kentucky and served approximately five years there as a patrol deputy before moving back and continuing his career with the Palm Bay Police Department.
He served in many capacities throughout his career, including training coordinator, patrol corporal and a district detective.
In 2020, he was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the General Crimes Unit. During this time, he was responsible for the direct supervision of detectives that handled property and economic crimes.
He was also the administrator for the DNA management system. Most recently, he served as a patrol supervisor in the northeast section of the city.
Sergeant Smith immediately developed a love for teaching and became an instructor for our agency and the local police academy.
He was an instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, first aid, water safety, verbal judo and physical fitness.
He was also a member of the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years.
Sergeant Smith has a great sense of humor and loved sharing his knowledge with the younger generation of law enforcement. He truly cared about everyone and was well respected among his peers.
“Please join us in thanking Sergeant Smith for his honorable service and leadership to the citizens of Palm Bay and to the Palm Bay Police Department,” said Palm Bay police officials. “We wish him all the best on his well-deserved retirement!”